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New court to fast-track tourists in trouble with the law in Dubai.

A newcourt to deal with tourists who break the law inCeDubai is to be introduced, justice chiefs have revealed.

Special hearings will be held days after an offence is committed to ensure holidaymakers do not have to stay on in the country to face proceedings. Dubai Courts announced the move in their annual report for 2014.

The Tourist Court will begin operations later this year, along with a new court aimed at dealing with minor offences for residents.

Mohammad Abdul Rahman, a director of Dubai Courts, said petty crimes by tourists are relatively common.

He added: "Tourists come to Dubai every day and sometimes they are involved in minor problems, such as consuming alcohol, drink-driving or bouncing cheques.

"We don't want to make them have to stay on because of that, so we will have a specialised court for tourists facing minor cases. This will speed up the procedure."

The second court is aimed at speeding up the processing of similar crimes for residents.

Rahman added: "The two courts will start operations later this year and are part of our plans to enhance the judicial system."

Dubai Courts handled more than 118,000 cases in total last year at its three main courts.

The annual report for 2014 showed the number of cases handled by the first instance, appeal and cassation courts increased.

A total of 118,077 were handled in 2014, a rise of 14 per cent on 2013.

The number of criminal cases registered in the Dubai Courts was up 15 per cent, with 46,466 going to the Court of First Instance, 9,708 to the Court of Appeal and 940 to the Court of Cassation.

Tarish Eid Al Mansouri, director general of the Dubai Courts, said the organisation's goal was to "enhance the security and stability of the local community".

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